Game 61: Thunder v. Suns
The Thunder hosted the Suns Sunday night, in the first of four games this week.
In the first quarter, the Suns got off to a good start, with Vince Carter leading the way for the Suns, similar to the last time these two teams met. The Thunder couldn’t get much going offensively, and the Thunder trail by 3 after 1. The second quarter was higher scoring, but the Thunder were still unable to stop the Suns, with Carter continuing to add points. Thunder trailed by 4 at half.
In the third quarter, the Thunder used good offense and stingy defense to tie the game, then take the lead periodically. However, the Suns ended the quarter on a strong run, and the Thunder trailed by 5 after 3. In the fourth quarter, the Thunder used strong play on both ends to take the lead. Russell Westbrook hit two free throws late to put the Thunder up 3. But Carter hit a game-tying 3-pointer with 11 seconds left. Kevin Durant missed a game-winning fadeaway jumper, and the game went to overtime.
In overtime, the Thunder went up early and led most of overtime. The Suns came back and took the lead on a Carter three. Russell Westbrook put the Thunder up 2 late, and Carter was fouled by Thabo Sefolosha with 17 seconds left on a three-point shot. Carter made one of three free throws, and the Thunder were up 2. The Thunder seal the game with free throws, and win by 4.
Russell Westbrook finished with 32 , James Harden tied a career high with 26, and Kevin Durant finished with 18. Quick turnaround, as the Thunder take on the Grizzlies in Memphis tomorrow night. Thunder Up!!!